We know some beauty queens need an attitude adjustment… but it might be too late for former Miss Universe Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride who just lost the crown because, well, she had too much ‘tude.
While on one of the interviews she actually attended — Caride had been refusing to do interviews — she told Elnuevodia.com that she didn’t like cameras. Girl, you might want to check the job description before you apply.
“I saw the damage that she was doing and the damage that she was doing to the organization,” said Desirée Lowry, director of the Miss Puerto Rico Universe organization, of her decision.
The crown was given to runner-up Brenda Jiménez, who’s a biology and sociology major and represents Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
“I am really excited and extremely anxious. I haven’t processed it yet,” said the new Miss Universe. We’re pretty sure her new title came as a surprise.
The crowning glory of this year’s Miss Puerto Rico was tarnished for 23-year-old Madison Anderson Berríos with the backlash since, unlike previous winners, she wasn’t born or raised on the island.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Orlando, Florida to a white dad and a Puerto Rican mom, Anderson Berríos doesn’t speak Spanish fluently so the idea of her not being “Latina enough” quickly came up on social media. After her win, #NoMeRepresenta began trending on Twitter and during the telecast, she was booed by the audience when she explained her first language wasn’t Spanish.
Her poise and push for authenticity come after some practice on the pageant stage.
In 2014, she participated in Miss Teen USA and two years later represented Puerto Rico in Miss Grand International. In January, she was the first runner-up in the Miss Florida USA contest, although she has always identified herself as Puerto Rican, according to El Sentinel Orlando
Now she’s prepping to represent Puerto Rico in the 68th Miss Universe international contest taking place in December in South Korea.
“It’s my dream. This is not just for my beautiful people of Puerto Rico, but for the diaspora because being Puerto Rican is carried in the blood,” she said in an interview with Wapa TV. And that’s a sentiment that’s just like her Instagram bio reads: #SerBoricuaSeLlevaEnlaSangre
Former Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Kristhielee Caride, who was recently dethroned for having attitude problems is now suing for $3 million and wants her crown back.
The beauty queen was quoted as saying that she didn’t like cameras or giving interviews and cancelled on events before being replaced by her runner-up. The lawsuit, however, states that Caride had multiple health issues including a surgery for which she had to rest for a month. It also stated that her friend had medical issues that had affected the beauty queen emotionally.
Caride is suing PR Crown Entertainment and Desiree Lowry, national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico for breach of contract and wants what was promised: her crown, a car, a seven-day cruise, and plastic surgery. Oh, and $3 million.
“There’s nothing to talk about,” said Lowry’s attorney, Antonio Sagardia. “Our decision is final.”